The Cat Inside

The Cat Inside

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Best known for the wild, phantasmagoric satire of works like Naked Lunch, William S. Burroughs reveals another, gentler side in The Cat Inside. Originally published as a limited-edition volume, this moving and witty discourse on cats combines deadpan routines and dream passages with a heartwarming account of Burroughs's unexpected friendships with the many cats he has known. It is also a meditation on the long, mysterious relationship between cats and their human hosts, which Burroughs traces back to the Egyptian cult of the "animal other." With its street sense and whiplash prose, The Cat Inside is a genuine revelation for Burroughs fans and cat lovers alike.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 129 x 196 x 8mm | 91g
  • The Penguin Press
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0142000256
  • 9780142000250
  • 122,392

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"The Cat Inside is about how Burroughs's contact with cats put him in touch with himself. Cats have changed his dreams; they are psychic guides who have allowed his wounded inner child to come out." --Harper's Bazaar "Burroughs's book is about cats the way The Grapes of Wrath is about fruit. . . These are haunting images, from dreams, memory and present day, ranging from unabashed affection to outrage and indignation." --Los Angeles Times
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About William S Burroughs

William S. Burroughs (1914-1997)--guru of the Beat Generation, controversial éminence grise of the international avant-garde, dark prophet, and blackest of black humor satirists--had a range of influence rivaled by few post-World War II writers. His many books include Naked Lunch, Queer, Exterminator!, The Cat Inside, The Western Lands, and Interzone.
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2,264 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
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4 34% (769)
3 29% (652)
2 8% (184)
1 2% (35)

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The cat within is a very brief but interesting look at Burrows history with various cats throughout his life as well as his musings about felines. Some very sincere and interesting stories about various cats Burrows owned and the connection between felines and their human counterparts. Burrows recounts tales about various house and barn cats he's known, their various personalities, the recurring history of cats and also his commentary about dog owners and cat haters and the destruction of the natural world Although it's a short book ( 1-2 hours to read) it's worth while reading if you're a fan of Burrows or a cat person who's looking for a brief read about cats with an interesting perspective. I think it's the kind of book you'll pick up from time to time after finishing it and will continue to get something from more
by evan byrnes
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